Jan 31, 2012

New blog design

I'm trying out a new design- what do you think? Is it too bland and boring? Do you like it or not? Is it classy and simple? Or plain... like eating paper?
Ok... I know this is really random but I figured I can't do a pictureless post. That would be bland. Like the blog background. :):)
So I hope you like it! If not, I like to experiment so tell me if you want some more COLOR!!!

Mary


Jan 30, 2012

Funny smile

Heehee! I found this on a blog a while ago (I forget which one- so I'm reeeaally sorry I can't post where I got it from...) It was part of an old Scavenger Hunt Sunday- Finding Faces or something like that. :)

Jan 27, 2012

Movie Review: Courageous

"One of the most moving films I have ever seen!"
Franklin Graham, President/CEO Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Samaritan's Purse
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Courageous was amazing. There was so much talent in this movie, and so much meaning.

There was drama, emotion, and humor.




Starring Alex Kendrick Alex Kendrick
Renee JewellRenee Jewel
Ken BevelKen Bevel
Robert AmayaRobert Amaya
Eleanor BrownEleanor Brown
Angelita NelsonAngelita Nelson
Kevin DownesKevin Downes
Ben DaviesBen Davies
and
Rusty MartinRusty Martin Jr.

Courageous was an amazing movie. (Did I already say that?)

This film is about 4 fathers who realize the need to stand up, protect their families, and in a word, be fathers. Adam Mitchell (Alex Kendrick) and his three fellow police officers sign a resolution to be better fathers. They know that they will be doubly accountable because of this, but with God's help, they know they can do it.

One of the chase scenes

This movie is rated PG-13, so it's kind of intense. But it is touching and truly moving.
Let's see if I can tell you why without giving anything important away..

(If you want everything to be a surprise, don't read any further!)

One reason why this is PG-13 is because a girl dies. They handled this very well. They didn't even film it at all, actually. They were told that something had happened, and there's no anything showed. (No anything = very bad grammar.)

I think one of the big reasons why this was rated what it was is because of one of the last scenes- it is a police chase scene, where a little girl is involved, and lots of shooting. (No one is killed, though.) After the scene ended, my heart was beating about a million miles an hour. (I am not an intense-movie kind of person, but this was worth watching!)


I strongly suggest you watch this, even if you don't like sad movies. This movie is made wonderfully, and the whole story is amazing.

Mary

P.S. Since this is my first movie review, I know it's kind of badly written but hopefully you get the pictures. Speaking of pictures, all of them are from http://www.courageousthemovie.com/. Thanks!

Tell Me About Yourself Award!

RULES:
1. post these rules.
2. post 11 random things about yourself.
3. answer the questions set for you in their post.
4. create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. go to their blog and tell them they are tagged.
6. tag 11 people.
Okeedokee! 11 random things about me....
11. I want to live in the country
10. I know how to tap dance
9. I woke up at 6:43 this morning.
8. I used to take horse-riding lessons.
7. I love listening to radio dramas (aka Adventures in Odyssey, Jonathan Park, Down Gilead Lane)
6. "Courageous" the newest movie from the creators of Fireproof, is sitting in front of me in it's plastic wrap. We got it two days ago and haven't watched it yet (reason: someone dies and so we can't watch it late at night).
5. I love Nancy Drew books
4. I can't read piano music but I can still play a song from sheet music (by counting the notes up and down... it takes a long time.) And I can play the star spangled banner from memory.
3. I love singing
2. My favorite age was 12. I loved being 12.
1.Last night I spilt water on the keyboard and my sister. (on accident!!)
 
Alright, answer the random questions given to me by Trinka!
 

1. Do you like thrift stores? YES!!!! In fact like 98% of my clothes are thrifted.
2. What's your nickname{s}? I don't have a nickname!
3. Have you given anybody a nickname? If so, what is it? See Answer 2. :)
4. Have you ever made scrambled eggs? Yup. And I'm debating on whether to make them right now. But I think I'm thinking no.
5.pink or purple? Ummm... purple. Like deeeep purple. But I look good in pink... So I don't know!
6. hats or scarfs? Definitely hats.
7.Do you like mustaches? Sorry for saying this... NO!!!!!NONONO!!! They look really strange like there is some sort of fuzzy caterpillar on your lip (blegh) so I'm sorry- no.
8. Do you have a mustache? Uhhh......no.
9. Have any {not classic} books to recommend? The Island Queen by R.M. Ballantyne, the Circle C Adventures series by Susan K. Marlow, and The Bread Winner by Arvella Whitmore.
10. Do you sleep with your socks on or off? It depends on if I'm wearing them in the day or not. In today's situation- yes, on.
11. Who do you love the most? Jesus Christ, my LORD!!!! (Next: Family and after that my cat.)

 
Ok here, 11 questions:
1. Do you want to go on vacation in France or the Bahamas?
2. How late have you ever stayed up reading a book?
3. Princess or Famous singer?
4. Can you make hot chocolate without the mix?
5. How many places have you visited?
6. Why do we have to write 11 questions?
7. How would you tell some kid who loves santa that Santa Claus isn't real?
8. Have you ever broken something in a store you hadn't bought or didn't want to buy?
9. Have you ever written a story?
10. How many blogs do you follow?
11. If you had to design someone's wedding in the winter, what colors would it be? Indoor or outdoor?


Alrighty there!
11 people I am tagging:

Anybody else who feels like doing this, please do it because I have only named (1,2,3...) 8 people. :)

Thanks for the tag Trinka!!
Mary









Jan 26, 2012

My Milk Toof...

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I love My Milk Toof!!!!!

It is SO adorable!!!

Basically:
It is about these 2 teeth.
I know it sounds kind of of funny but...
they are the cutest little things,
they have little adventures,
and their names are ickle and Lardee.



Here are some of my favorites:

Things to Do : Friday

BORED game

Kites

POP!


Go Fish! This one might be my favorite!! It's so cute!!

Mary


Jan 23, 2012

You know you are a strange homeschooler...

when your sisters ask you to turn on song and you do.
and it's a Barbie song.
a Barbie Christmas song.

I feel like I should be wearing these:
Yup......

See you later and hopefully you don't all think I'm crazy (not that you didn't think that before or something) and now...
Oh wait.
My sister just told me to turn on "something about the sunshine" from that Disney movie.
No way....
Well, she was joking anyway. I hope.
Mary

Jan 21, 2012

Changing Things Up



So, I'm thinking about
changing the name
of my blog.

I haven't done that in a LONG time!!!

So, I need some ideas.
And I need you to tell me which name you like best.
Here are some ideas:

1. Exhilirate Creativity (or something like that)
2. Not-so-ordinary Ordinary
3. Life's a Beach (and I'm swimming)
or
Life's a Stage (and I'm singing)
or
Life's a Picture (and I'm speaking a thousand words)
or
Life's a Computer (and I have a virus)
Just kidding.
That last one is just a joke. Hehe. :):)
It's actually pretty funny.....
Well, that's all I can think of right now!

Have any ideas? TELL ME PLEASE!!!!
(Not that you should feel obligated but)
HELP!!!!

How can I be so creative when it comes to being creative or doing school but when it comes to being awesome or being creative I'm like "Hey, I think I'll be creative!" and then I'm not.

That doesn't make any sense.
(this makes me sad!!!)

Mary

Jan 20, 2012

Practicing Good Blog-havior

Oh, wasn't that witty of me?

Blog-havior: (noun)
To behave properly and speak fluently with grace on a blog.

Uh-oh...

I have failed the test!!!

I have flunked in the blogger department!

Here is my list of requirements I must meet to be a great blog. Thanks, Lucia!


1. Be Unique.
Hopefully I am unique. If you know anybody else in the world who posts exactly like me let me know.....:)

2. (basically) Use pictures, but don't use too many- or too little. Tons of squished font is really boring to read, but like, 25 pictures is too much for internet to load.
Oops.
This is my worst!!!
I hardly ever use my own pictures anymore.... it couldn't be because- *gasp* -I am lazy. So lazy that I don't feel like clicking the shutter button on my camera or editing them. OHHH the pain of clicking the computer mouse!!!!!
I promised you this pic a few posts ago- she'll wear this scarf all day unless someone takes it off her!

(P.S. From now on, I promise I will try my best to include the source of all the pics I get from the internet!!! If I don't, comment and tell me so I can fix it!!!!!!)


3. Use your own photos.
Oops again. I would promise to do at least 1 of my own pictures in each post... but I don't take pictures enough and you would get REALLY bored!!! So... I will try to be more creative. :)
Freezing rain = 1/2 inch of ice in the snow = pain when sledding or hitting your elbow (obviously personal experiences!)


4. If you can, comment on your commenter's blogs!!!
Oh, I've done this, ALL THE TIME!!
(Just in case you don't understand, that was complete sarcasm. Hehe.)
This is turning into the Bloggers Resolution List for me!!! Hey, (here's a brilliant idea) want me to comment on your blog? Every comment I get on this post, I will visit your blog and comment there!!!


5. Don't care too much about the numbers of followers you have.
Ok... I've cared about how many pageviews I've had- but I'm humbled when I go to someone elses blog, thinking "I have like 7,000 pageviews!!" and then I scroll down and their pageview counter says something like: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. :)
Lucia said, "Imagine if you have 10 people's attention- and they're just listening to you."
COOLNESS MAN!!! I have 30 people "listening" to me!


6. Bragging about what you have
A-hem.....forgive me, dear followers (of which I have 30 now..)
I never brag. I am a paragon of virtue to all bloggers.
AND I am not sarcastic at all.
(Oh, don't you believe it? :) I don't.)
(A paragon is a 100-carat diamond... or a good example.)


7. Have an eye-catching, easy-to-use design.
Excuse me while I go find a different design.


8. Be creative and change your blog around a bit.
I used to feel bad when I posted something other than vintage fashions... but seriously, how boring would it be if that's all I ever posted?!? That would be breaking rule no. 1, anyway. And I don't want to be one of those people who has a seperate fashion blog, writing blog, crafting blog, and photography blog, so I can do whatever on another blog. I have enough trouble posting regularly on 1 blog! :):)



So, here we go, friends!!! Let's change the world (or this blog) for the better! Let's shake up the old routine (or shake up the boringness of this post) and make a difference (changing font perhaps?)!!!!!


Mary

P.S. Remember to comment on this post- I promise to comment on your blog if you do!


A Picture from the Files


This is a picture from... I think 2 years ago. Now we have more than a foot outside, with massive piles from the snowplow. Instead of a yard,we have gigantic lumps of snow! And since there was a freezing rain, we also have about a 1/2 inch of solid ice on top of about 7 inches of snow, with like 5 more on top of it. NEATO!!! (Wow... that was such a homeschooler thing to say.)
Speaking of homeschoolers, here's a video we found that is just hilarious!!!
LOL!!!!!!

"Finding Nemo? Son, what have I told you about watching PG rated movies? Grab your Bible, we're going to Awana."

(Yes, I have been driving everybody crazy by saying this like twice everyday for like a week.)

Mary

Jan 18, 2012

Snow + Dressing for the weather

Snow : White Christmas

A storm blew in a few days ago.

AT LAST!!!!

White Christmas was not so white. We had like a cold Christmas with absolutely NO snow. We did get a few snowflakes before that, though! Just enough to enjoy 1 sledding trip down the hill before coming back inside.
But now, we're supposed to have up to 15 inches!!!!


The wierd white line in the background is a string of Christmas lights strung outside.

This is the same spot as the picture above this one- I love the glowing light on the edge.


I knit a scarf for one of our cats today...
Don't ask me why!
I just love playing with our cats.

This one didn't really like wearing a scarf.
But one of our other cats wore the scarf the whole day!!! She forgot it was on- but we joke that she left it on because she knew it was very stylish and she had been waiting all her life to wear clothes that complimented her complexion and made her beautiful. :)
(Hopefully I can upload some pictures of her wearing it soon!)

Mary

Jan 16, 2012

Jan 13, 2012

I totally forgot what I was going to post about....

So do you mind if I do something REALLY random? Like, supersuper random?

Well, I found this picture when I looked up a picture of a cat meowing...:) I can totally imagine my cat doing this!!!

I found this on Jesus Chick's blog. :):) I actually love broccoli (as does JesusChick) especially when covered in cheese. A lot of things taste good covered in cheese.

To end this post....



YUUUMMMM!!!!
So Kraft Mac and Cheese looks like AMAZING because I haven't had it in like MONTHS which is really sad but we are becoming "hippies" who don't own a microwave and store things in glass jars instead of plastic tupperware containers. (true story).


THE END!

P.S. Look at what I labeled this post.
Surprising?

Jan 12, 2012

My Favorite Animals

I have three favorite animals (in no particular order):


Quarabs (Quarter horse/Arabians)





Cats




Bottlenose Dolphin - playing / bow riding in front of cargo ship in the strait of Gibraltar
 
Dolphins


/\ Spinner dolphins \/




All pictures found in swagbucks search. I do not take credit for any of these pictures.